All About Aretha

by Adam and Isabella

Early Life

  • Born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis Tennessee
  • Parents separated when she was six
  • Began her singing career at age 12
  • Mother died when she was 10
  • Raised in Detroit


  • Her father was a noted preacher
  • Her mother was a gospel singer
  • Both of her parents taught her about Blues and jazz

Time Period

•Blues were very popular

•John. F. Kennedy was assassinated

•Martin Luther King was assassinated

•Robert. F. Kennedy was assassinated

•Racism was over

•End of World War II

•Vietnam war ended

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Her Music

  • Her Music was Published in late 1960's/ early 1970's
  • 1967 five top-10 hit recordings.
  • "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," "Respect," "Baby, I Love You," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "Chain of Fools."
  • 1968, recorded -"(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone," "Think," "The House That Jack Built," and "I Say a Little Prayer."

Interesting Facts

  • She has 4 sons
  • One of her sons is a music Director
  • First woman in the rock and roll hall of fame
  • Her autobiography is called Aretha from the roots
  • Autobiography was published in 1999
  • Most of her songs are played by Piano
  • Signed with Atlantic records around 1966
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Aretha in the Rock and Roll hall of Fame